Woman Marrying White Supremacist Isn't as Crazy as She Seems

love is blindWe've all heard of unconventional couplings before -- you know, the really serious accountant-type who ends up with the wild child party girl, or the tall, young starlet who marries the short, fading star Scientologist. Ha. But those pairings are so played out by now that we don't even really blink when we see 'em. Now, there's an odd couple in the news who will DEFINITELY shock you ... A mixed-race (half Hawaiian, half Hispanic) woman named Erica Herrera is planning to marry jailed white supremacist murder suspect Curtis Allgier in a ceremony at the Utah State Prison on August 8. OMG.

And Allgier isn't just your everyday, run of the mill white supremacist with a buzz-cut and maybe a Nazi tattoo on his upper bicep. Oh no. This guy has tattoos of swastikas and the word "skinhead" COVERING HIS FACE. Yet, Erica claims you can't judge her book by his cover. She says Allgier's "kinder" and "gentler" than he's publicly portrayed. Oh. Wow.

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The only thing I can conclude from this entirely screwed-up situation is that love is blind. Forget these two wackos for a sec. Being blinded by love is something that affects us all at one time or another. Usually early in a relationship, we see our partners not as they are, but as we want them to be. When we're in love, we can't help but put our lover on a pedestal and idealize them. Shrug off their flaws and focus on their best attributes.

But sooner or later, those flaws and tics do come out of the woodwork and cannot be ignored. And for a relationship to evolve, you've got to learn to love the whole person, bad, annoying views or behaviors and all. Still, when you really love someone, the rose-colored glasses remain to some extent, off and on.

That has to be the only way to explain what's going on here between Herrera and Allgier. Or he's got her brainwashed somehow. Either way, I'm not sure I see these two landing a very happy ending. But I guess there are worse things they could be doing than being in love. 

What do you think about this "love story"?

 

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